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Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Pats-Ravens: Brady chasing Joe Montana

By James Walker

Another great season by New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was often overshadowed by other great players in the NFC such as Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees.

But now that both Rodgers and Brees have been eliminated from the playoffs, more of the focus is on Brady. He is by far the best quarterback remaining in the postseason.

One week after tying an NFL playoff record with six touchdown passes, Brady has another chance Sunday to get into the record books. A win over Baltimore would tie Brady with Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana with 16 career playoff victories.

Brady may not at admit it this week, but this is one record he would look back on and cherish once his career is over. Brady grew up in San Mateo, Calif., and idolized Montana. Brady went to San Francisco 49ers games as a child and patterned much of his game after Montana.

If the Patriots won this week and the Super Bowl on Feb. 5, Brady would surpass Montana as the all-time winningest quarterback in the postseason. Brady also would be tied with Montana with four Super Bowl victories.

Winning is the ultimate measure of a quarterback and something Brady cares about much more than individual records. But to be able to potentially accomplish both during this playoff run is a great opportunity for the Patriots quarterback.